Monthly Archives: October 2016

WEEKLY WISDOM 31/10/2016

Better than thousands of meaningless verses is
one meaningful verse that on hearing brings peace.

And better than chanting hundreds of meaningless verses is
one Dhamma-saying that on hearing brings peace.

– Dhammapada [8]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 24/10/2016

For one who is in the habit of constantly honoring and respecting the elders, four blessings increase — age, beauty, bliss, and strength.

– Dhammapada [109]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 17/10/2016

A man approached the Blessed One and wanted to have all his philosophical questions answered before he would practice. In response, the Buddha said, It is as if a man had been wounded by a poisoned arrow and when attended to by a physician were to say, I will not allow you to remove this arrow until I have learned the caste, the age, the occupation, the birthplace, and the motivation of the person who wounded me. That man would die before having learned all this. In exactly the same way, anyone who should say, I will not follow the teaching of the Blessed One until the Blessed One has explained all the multiform truths of the world-that person would die before the Buddha had explained all this.

– Majjhima Nikaya

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WEEKLY WISDOM 10/10/2016

Dwelling in kindness, a monk
with faith in the Awakened One’s teaching,
would attain the good state,
the peaceful state:
stilling-of-fabrications ease.

Monk, bail out this boat.
It will take you lightly when bailed.
Having cut through passion, aversion,
you go from there to Unbinding.

– Dhammapada [25]

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WEEKLY WISDOM 03/10/2016

It is not proper to watch other people. This will not help your practice. If you are annoyed, watch the annoyance in your own mind. If others’ discipline is bad or they are not good monks, this is not for you to judge. You will not discover widsom watching others. Monks’ discipline is a tool to use for your own meditation. It is not a weapon to use to criticize or find fault. No one can do your practice for you, nor can you do practice for anyone else. Just be mindful of your own doings. This is the way to practice.

– Ajahn Chah, “Bodhinyana”

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